Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | Part I

June 19, 2015 3:31 pm Published by

Saturday evening was a beautiful balmy night in London and a wonderful time to visit the Summer Exhibition after hours as part of the Royal Academy’s ‘The Other Garden Party’.

It’s always a delight to see Cadogan Contemporary artists hanging in the Royal Academy. It was Elise Ansel’s first year being selected and fantastic to see her painting ‘Feast of the Gods’ had sold and was still being much admired. 

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Ansel’s work was hung in Gallery II, curated by Jock McFadyen, with other Cadogan artist Arthur Neal’s work also on display.

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Janette Kerr, President of the Royal West of England Acadamy and honorary R.A, painting ‘Speechless – Voices snatched by the wind’ hanging in Gallery I. 

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We particularly liked Andreea Albani’s ‘Time without Title’ also in Gallery I.

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My favourite part of the exhibition (aside from Cadogan’s artists of course!) was the discovery of The Humunent by Tom Phillips R.A., right at the end of the show.

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A Humument has been a work in progress since 1966 when artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. The book he found was an 1892 Victorian obscurity A Human Document by W.H. Mallock and Phillips transformed it into A Humument.

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^This one so reminded me of a Nicola Bealing painting!

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